Saturday Jul 07 2012
Folsom-based TV crew being held in Russia
By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
'Dangerous Waters' film team met on Russian shore by military, according to producers
The film crew from the "Dangerous Waters" TV reality show are currently being detained in Russia. The crew was riding Sea-Doo personal watercraft when they were detained. In the show, Folsom resident Steven Moll demonstrates how a Sea-Doo (or a jet ski) can be used for more than recreation. Last year, the team traveled from from Seattle to the waters of the Bering Strait, filming their exploits for a reality TV series. This time around, they were detained by Russian authorities. According to The Moscow Times, the crew claims they are being charged with entering a military facility and their documents have been seized. According to the Russian newspaper, it is unclear whether the men were aware that "special permission is required, in addition to a Russian visa, to enter the Chukotka region." In a website video, Moll said, "We're safe and hopefully we'll be home in the United States soon.? He said Russian officials are showing the team members around town and won?t let them leave because they are worried about their safety crossing the Bering Strait. According to Moll, the team wants to leave but are not being allowed to do so for now. According to family members, when the crew reached Russian shores, they were greeted by a tank and military personnel. In an online post, Moll (who still has his cell phone) said they may face charges and a fine. The show is edited by Red Barn Films, based in Folsom, and narrated by actor Peter Coyote, who is not involved in the actual trek. On March 7, the fist season of the show had its gala premiere at Three Stages in Folsom. ?This (series) is homegrown in Folsom,? said Folsom Vice Mayor Steve Miklos at the premiere. ?Production costs for the ?Dangerous Waters? first season was $1 million, a part of which is funneled right back into our economy. We?re very proud.? The first season has yet to air in the U.S., but is being shopped to networks. For the latest updates on this story, see folsomtelegraph.com and keyword search ?dangerous waters?.